Tonight is Halloween, which means things are about to get really spooky around here. Your favorite bands are likely in on the act, dressing up as everyone from a cat burglar to a pirate. Arrrrrrrr!
Perhaps it’s completely unsurprising that Fearless Records metalcore band Wage War are getting in on the fun, with guitarist Seth Blake dressing up as the talk of the music scene right now, Post Malone. Gold, really.
Ocala’s Wage War aren’t so much helping to redefine a stagnant, oversaturated metalcore genre as much as they are helping revitalize it. What they’re doing isn’t necessarily anything that’s new, but given the success and strong work ethic the band has displayed, one could surely say they deserve it. Wage War’s debut album Blueprints was a slow-burning album that started to gain traction recently, resulting in a highly successful run on Warped Tour 2016, as well as playing the festival circuit this spring.
All of this is now culminating in a sophomore album (Deadweight, out August 4th via Fearless Records) that is already catching fire via both esteemed music sites, as well as on social media. The lead single from the album, “Stitch”, just hit a huge mark – one million views on Youtube in just over 2 months. Granted, number of times viewing a music video isn’t a singular barometer of success, but it is still notable considering the band’s other music videos for “Don’t Let Me Fade Away” (400,000 views) and “The River”, “Alive”, “Twenty One”, and “Youngblood” are all either at or very close to the one million mark. In fact, “The River” is shockingly close to 2,000,000 hits.
Ocala may be the land of tourism and A Day To Remember, but Wage War are right there with those two as the pride of Ocala. All this for a band that 3 years ago, wasn’t signed but they were grinding locally. They’re a testament to what happens when talent and hard work meets opportunity.
Also in case you missed it, here’s our newest interview w/the band.
The music scene is plagued with an oversaturated horde of metalcore and post-hardcore bands. How hard is it to rise to the top of the heap? Extremely. But don’t tell that to Ocala, Florida-based metalcore newcomers Wage War. They’re fairly new to the scene for most, but 2015’s Blueprints was a solid effort that showcased the band’s no frills blend of modern metalcore and even a little melodic death metal for good measure. Pair the album with a massive run on Warped 2016 and a number of supporting and opening tours, and you’re left with the next great band from Ocala. Remember when A Day To Remember received the keys to the city recently? Wage War is poised to experience that kind of popularity.